New Orleans Notary Service

What Does A Notary Do?

A notary is a government official that serves as an impartial party, and acts as a witness when legal documents are signed. The primary purpose of having a notary sign off on a document is to prevent fraudulent transactions. They verify the identities of everyone who has to sign the form, and then everyone has to sign the document. A pre-signed document will not be signed off on by a notary. If the document has already been signed, there is no way for the notary to verify the identity of the signer.

  • Breach of Contract/Fiduciary Duty
  • Business Torts
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Private Deals/Post-Closing Disputes
  • Bad Faith Litigation
  • Regulatory Investigations and Litigation
  • Privacy & Data Security
  • Restrictive Covenant/Trade Secret Litigation
  • Insurance Disputes
  • Bankruptcy Adversary Proceedings

Why Can't I Sign Ahead of Time?

Documents of this nature can easily be used for personal gain. For example, if a person creates a fake will, signs it as the estate and then has the document notarized – it would create a legally binding will. One that may be in direct opposition of the estate’s wishes.

What Documents Need To Be Notarized?

  • Wills – The last will and testament of a person is a very serious matter. A will is a legally binding document that dictates where all the of the assets and belongings of the estate go.
  • Powers of Attorney – These documents give a person full legal standing to act on another person’s behalf, and make decisions for that person. For example, if a parent falls ill, they may have their oldest sign a power of attorney so they can make decisions in their stead.
  • Deeds
    • Vehicle Title Transfers – Any time you sell a vehicle, the title must be transferred to the new owner and notarized.
    • Property Transfers – The sale of land or property requires a notarized deed transfer.
    • Asset Transfers – Stock accounts, trusts, or other large financial inheritances must be notarized in order to prevent theft.
  • Long Distance Agreements – These are agreements that need to be signed by multiple parties that cannot be in the same physical space as one another. This could include circumstances such as great distance, or restraining orders.
  • Trusts – A trust is a document that places property or assets in the care of someone who is not the actual beneficiary, with the understanding that the beneficiary will receive their property when certain requirements have been met.
  • Apostilles (international documents)
  • Medical Documents
    • Living Wills – A document that mandates how a person wants their medical treatment to be handled, in the event that they can no longer make informed decisions.
    • Health Care Proxies – These allow a person to make medical decisions on behalf of the patient.

How I can help

As a licensed New Orleans Notary public, I can provide notarizations. Clients may visit me in my office at 317 Exchange Alley,  or I can go to them if they are in the downtown/French Quarter area. Being accessible is what I am all about, so I am happy to visit a client to complete the transaction.